Wednesday, February 01, 2017

spontaneity & the snazzy cowl photo shoot

Knitwear designer Laura Nelkin asked me to shoot  for her while we were both in NYC for Vogue Knitting Live a couple of weeks ago. But of course! Look what happened :
Are you singing Its Raining Men yet? Go to that link Dare you to sit still- and not smile.
It's the Snazzy Cowl.  Pretty fabulous, right?

We'd decided on Times Square for the photo shoot, using out of focus bright lights big city as the background, and Laura's adorable daughter Bella modeling.
There are only so many ways to pose with a light weight cowl: let it hang around your neck, hold it up covering your smile to show off the full stitch work, lay it out flat, look down and gaze into  it wistfully holding an empty coffee mug...(JUST KIDDING, WE DON'T DO THAT POSE HERE)...or hold it up towards the camera. Done, done and done.Then we saw a group of young guys do handstands in unison on the steps.
As the handstand dudes were walking away, I scurried over to ask what the deal was. College gymnasts from Arizona, just competed at West Point, tourists for the morning.  Q: Would they mind doing handstands around a knitwear model?  A: Enthusiastic yes!

They choreographed doing flips on the steps all around Bella before we knew what was happening. Laura's heart may have stopped for a few minutes seeing feet flying near Bella's head...but they nailed it.

Next up...can I get the Rockettes to do a kickline in handknit socks? Why not?

11 comments:

Ellen Bloom said...

Hahaha! You're so funny, Gale! Yeah, Rockettes in socks!
LOVE that cowl!

Carole Julius said...

Fantastic! You and your camera and the cowl were in the right place at the right time!

thea said...

So perfect!! Bella looks awesome, the cowl is gorgeous, and you nailed it.

As always

xo

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Wheee, that is a great shot!

Laura Nelkin said...

I guess I need to start knitting socks! You are the best to work with! Here's to next time!!!!! xoxo

Kirsten said...

All of these photos are wonderful!! But oh that photo with the flip. Watching those young men doing back flips on the steps would have brought out the overly protective mother in me. This shot is worth it though. Bella's eyes say it all!

AsKatKnits said...

Fantastic photos, Gayle! Wow! And, yes - we need the Rockettes in Socks!

Vicki Knitorious said...

How cool is that? (Very cool!!)

Kym said...

I LOVE it!!!! So very perfect - all the way around. (And YES to the Rockettes rocking socks.) XO

Mary Lou said...

HAllelujah and amen! What a great shot! Was there a video?

Shing Hsieh said...

What a great photo - can't even imagine getting it just right like you do!! Thank you for this.